Expert Tips for Moving Machinery
Moving heavy equipment and machinery is never easy. This task is always marked by certain challenges related to the weight and size of the transported items. However, the good news is that this article will help you be prepared for this challenging task and make the entire transportation process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Think about potential risks
Before starting to move machinery it’s important to assess the potential risks regarding the machine. Here’s some things to think about:
People can be struck and injured by moving machinery or ejected material. Parts of the body can also be drawn in or trapped between rollers, belts and pulley drives
Sharp edges can cause cuts and severing injuries, sharp-pointed parts can cause stabbing or puncture the skin, and rough surface parts can cause friction or abrasion
People can be crushed, both between parts of the machine moving together or towards a fixed part of the machine, wall or other object. Two parts of machinery moving past one another can cause shearing
Parts of the machine, materials and emissions (such as steam or water) can be hot or cold enough to cause burns or scalds and electricity can cause electrical shock and burns
Planning ahead and thinking through the risks will greatly reduce the chance of injury, so be sure to conduct and carry out a detailed risk assessment or obtain one from your supplier.